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Welcome to "Getting away with Worder", a sardonic and grumpy blog designed to expose the ways in which we misuse and murder our language. Today I want to look at one of the most annoying habits of all: the frequent and unjus...
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Christoph Fischer says: "I wrote the book and researched the historical facts simultaneously. I was always on the same page as the characters in their lives, which made the experience exciting and tense."

A book well worth reading. Please click on the links below. You'll be so glad you did.
"Luck" .. in "The Luck of the Weissensteiners" my Tuesday Talk Guest, Christoph Fischer Fiction about any war is rarely a light-hearted enterprise. Although there are many publications on the subject out there, I was ama...
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#1 New York Times bestseller! In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses” (The Washington Post).

The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels…

Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he’s going big, with an attack that would take down thousands—unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield’s diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a “nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.
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From beloved New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, a “sweeping, poignant saga that will enthrall fans of The House at Riverton, Rebecca, and Downton Abbey” (Shelf Awareness).

Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, from the Wharton Park estate in England to Thailand, this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist and the aristocratic Crawford family, whose shocking secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences.

As a child, concert pianist Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park, the grand estate reminiscent of Downton Abbey where her grandfather tended exotic orchids. Years later, while struggling with overwhelming grief over the death of her husband and young child, she returns to this tranquil place. There she reunites with Kit Crawford, heir to the estate and her possible salvation.

When they discover an old diary, Julia seeks out her grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed the estate. Their search takes them back to the 1940s when Harry, a former heir to Wharton Park, married his young society bride, Olivia, on the eve of World War II. When the two lovers are cruelly separated, the impact will be felt for generations to come.

This atmospheric story alternates between the magical world of Wharton Park and Thailand during World War II. Filled with twists and turns, passions and lies, and ultimately redemption, The Orchid House is a beautiful, romantic, and poignant novel.
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If you would like any new book news, freebies and sales on the Detective Temeke series, sign up to my newsletter. As a very special thank you I am offering a free copy of The 9th Hour at the InstaFreebie link below. Happy Reading! Rating R - There's always violence in crime. Not for the faint hearted.
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I am chuffed to announce that THE 9TH HOUR, the first in the Detective Temeke Crime series, has been named a Finalist in the 2016 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in Best Mystery/Suspense. Thank you to all those who nominated this book. I'm still reeling from the shock! 
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For those who love psychological crime books set in New Mexico. Coming soon: Past Rites ~ Homicide detective David Temeke is a falling star in the Duke City Police department, when he and his partner, Malin Santiago, are called out to investigate the disappearance of a wealthy young socialite.

Four years after the tragic suicide of Alice Delgado, eldest daughter of Albuquerque’s top racing driver, her younger sister Lily is reported missing. Evidence points to a mid-level drug dealer and an ancient grimoire. Unearthing secrets of occult practices at a school for the privileged and gifted ignites a chain reaction of heartbreaking truths and chilling murders.

Against a background of simmering police tension and mounting victims, Temeke and Santiago are in a desperate race to track down the killer before it’s too late.

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Under cover of night in Richmond, Virginia, a human monster strikes, leaving a gruesome trail of stranglings that has paralyzed the city. Medical examiner Kay Scarpetta suspects the worst: a deliberate campaign by a brilliant serial killer whose signature offers precious few clues. With an unerring eye, she calls on the latest advances in forensic research to unmask the madman. But this investigation will test Kay like no other, because it's being sabotaged from within and someone wants her dead.
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From the author of the #1 international bestseller The Orchid House, the mesmerizing story of two Irish families entangled by a tragic past that seems destined to repeat itself

To escape a recent heartbreak in New York, Grania Ryan returns to her family home on the rugged, wind-swept coast of Ireland. Here, on the cliff edge in the middle of a storm, she meets a young girl, Aurora Lisle, who will profoundly change her life.

Despite the warnings Grania receives from her mother to be wary of the Lisle family, Aurora and Grania forge a close friendship. Through a trove of old family letters dating from 1914, Grania begins to learn just how deeply their families’ histories are entwined. The horrors of World War I, the fate of a beautiful foundling child, and the irresistible lure of the ballet give rise to a legacy of heartache that leaves its imprint on each new generation. Ultimately, it will be Aurora whose intuition and spirit may be able to unlock the chains of the past.

Sweeping from Edwardian England to present-day New York, from the majestic Irish coast to the crumbling splendor of a legendary London town house, The Girl on the Cliff introduces two remarkable women whose quest to understand their past sends them toward a future where love can triumph over loss.
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In 2014, Claire Stibbe sold her first novel, Chasing Pharaohs: A novel of ancient Egypt, after visiting archaeological digs in Luxor, Egypt. The debut book was a gold medal recipient at Harper Collins Publishers showcase website, Authonomy. The Fowler’s Snare, the second in the series also found its way to the Harper Collins Editor’s desk and listed as One To Watch.

Stibbe has also written short stories for Breakwater Harbor Books Publishing. The collection won Best Anthology of 2014 in the Independent Book Awards hosted by eFestival of Words.

Today, Claire writes crime fiction books set in New Mexico, USA. Her books are now iconic characters, Detective David Temeke and partner and fellow investigator, Malin Santiago, are known locally in Albuquerque. Claire has written three books in the series, The 9th Hour, Night Eyes, and Past Rites and is now working on the fourth. 

Claire was born in England and now lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Memberships: The Alliance of Independent Authors, Southwest Writers, Crime Writers, Netgalley, Croak & Dagger, and The New Mexico Book Co-op. APD Citizens Police Academy.

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Member of New Mexico Book Co-op & Southwest Writers
  • Marlborough College, Oxford
    Administration, 1979 - 1982
  • West London College
    Med. Term., 1998 - 1999
    Further education in Med Term.
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    Detective Temeke Series, 2015 - present
    Claire Stibbe writes hardboiled psychological thrillers. The central character is a detective of Ethiopian and British descent who works for the Duke City Police Department in Albuquerque. He is not much liked by his superiors and is considered as ‘an unusual dog in the fight.’ Stibbe thinks one of the rewards of writing is being able to make up characters, living with them, watching them endure the most lethal conditions and coming out better than they went in.
  • Kingdom Writing Solutions
    Author, 2014 - 2015
    To coach aspiring novelists to understand and excel in the basics of writing a novel. In practice that means helping you acquire the following skill set: • Mastering Narrative Voice and Point of View • Characterization • Building Immediate Scenes • Using Hooks - At the Beginning and End of Chapters • Creating Great Dialogue • Storytelling using Showing not Telling • Plot and Structure
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